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Big second period leads Chippewa Falls over Wausau West

By Bill Berg, WiPH Staff, 02/26/20, 11:00AM CST


Cardinals score six time on way to 8-1 victory

Two goals each from Isaac Frenette and Nick Carlson led to a six goal outburst in the second period as the Chippewa Falls Cardinals toppled the home team Wausau West Warriors in front of a packed house at Marathon Park in Section One semi-final action on Tuesday.

Owen Krista and Isaac Lindstrom rounded out the scoring in the period, which saw West starting goalie Adam Prokop get pulled after the fifth Chi Hi goal. Krista scored on the first shot taken on replacement  Kyler Bosley. Lindstrom knocked in a rebound just 38 seconds later.

The Cardinals opened the scoring just 1:45 into the first period when Brady Fixmer chipped a rebound into a wide open net after Prokop had made the initial stop and first rebound save.

That was the only scoring in the first period. The shots were even at eight each, even though the Cardinals appeared to control most of the play. Bridger Fixmer stopped all of the shots in front of the Chi Hi net.

The second period began ominously for the Warriors when Carlson fired a shot from the point that hit sticks in the high slot and was sent high into the air, tumbling and eventually coming down in that two foot gap between Prokop and the West goal net.

Halfway through the period, Frenette intercepted a pass in the high shot and fired a wrist shot that just eluded Prokop’s right leg pad to put the Cardinals up 3-0. Two and a half minutes later he deflected a shot over Prokop for a four goal lead. Carlson’s second goal of the period chased Prokop and Chi Hi never looked back.

Entering the third period with a 7-0 lead, the Cardinals didn’t even try scoring, content to dump it into the West zone, or ice the puck and watch the running clock tick away on the Warrior’s season. West did get on the board with a goal in the third, but never really threatened.

The Warriors took an unnecessary penalty with less than two minutes left in the game with a vicious cross check to the chin of a Cardinal defender. A ten minute misconduct was added to the five minute major when the player said something after he got to the penalty box.

Chippewa Falls advances to face Hudson on Saturday in Wisconsin Rapids.

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